Florida Matters
9:34 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Nan Rich to Gov. Scott: ‘This is Not a Dictatorship’

Democrat Nan Rich, vying to be her party's primary choice for governor, visited WUSF Public Media's Donis Studios for a recording of Florida Matters that will air September, 3, 2013.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Currently, there’s only one Florida Democrat actively campaigning for governor and she is accusing Republican Gov. Rick Scott of running the state like a dictator.

“The problem with his administration is that he believes he doesn’t have to talk to legislators,” former State Sen. Nan Rich said.

Watch as the south Florida Democrat tells Florida Matters her take on Scott and if she would cut taxes as governor.

Taking on the Dems and Charlie Crist

Rich said she doesn’t expect the state party to back her or any Democrat in the primary saying there’s a tradition of the state party not getting involved in primary races.

However, Florida Democratic leaders did take a stand when they denied Rich a chance to address the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Rich said that decision was a “mistake” and “wrong.”

Watch as Rich tiptoes around the question of former Republican governor and Democrat convert, Charlie Crist, possibly joining the race.

“If Charlie does come in to a Democratic primary, he’ll have his set of credentials and I’ll have mine,” Rich said. “The Democratic voters will make the determination.”

Just Who Is Nan Rich

Outside of South Florida, few know Rich. So, Florida Matters host Carson Cooper asked the former lawmaker how her friends describe her. Watch how she defines herself in this video clip.

The videos were photographed and edited by Nanthan Powell, a USF Mass Communications student and WUSF intern.

Listen to Rich on this week's Florida Matters with Carson Cooper at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.